I read this in the Financial Times some time ago and it definitely caught my attention. Given that we would be approaching the singularity supposedly soon, it doesn’t sound so out of touch with reality.
Talking about this with some people I know, they were decidedly spooked by this given that, they say, “robots don’t have a soul”. The issue of having it or not for me is irrelevant, for as long as something is self-aware and can express it they should have rights (this applies also to animals). I wanted to give them an introduction to this, but they dismissed it as a waste of time, and truth be told, our world has more pressing concerns.
I wonder if they will still think that way later on.